Causes and Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction, in the simplest of terms, refers to a person’s inability to get and maintain an erection of the penis. The result is that the person cannot have satisfactory sexual intercourse.
In contrast to what many people believe, erectile dysfunction is quite common among men, especially among those who fall within the elderly age groups.
However, because of shyness and the fear of the social stigma attached to it, most people who suffer from erectile dysfunction never reveal it or seek help. Fortunately, some treatments can effectively deal with the problem.
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What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?
For understanding the causes of erectile dysfunction, it is important first to understand the Erection process and how it occurs. Erection is not a simple process but rather a compilation of some complex process all taking place in different parts of the body.
The primary method and the one that results in the physical evidence of erection are the relaxations of the smooth muscles that control the flow of blood to the penis.
An erection is a direct consequence of sexual stimulation which can be caused by smell, touch or even sound. Any change in any of the processes that result in an erection can lead to erectile dysfunction.
The causes of erectile dysfunction can be divided into two broad categories according to their specific triggers. These categories are:
This group is made up of mental factors and things that cannot be seen, felt or heard. The most typical of the psychological causes of erectile dysfunction is usually stress or depression.
Other psychological causes include being self-conscious or nervous about sex, relationship issues with your sex partner or even financial worries. Most of these do not result in permanent or long-term erectile dysfunction.
Take note of the fact that even the most insignificant of the psychological causes of erectile dysfunction can lead to further and increasingly repetitive dysfunction if it left for a long time without being addressed.
These are also referred to as organic causes of erectile dysfunction. This category is made up of diseases and health conditions that may deter one from achieving and sustaining an erection for any length of time.
It should be pointed out that, depending on the victim and the severity, practically any major disease or illness can lead to erectile dysfunction. That said, there are a few diseases and health conditions that are more closely linked to erectile dysfunction and they include;
- Prostate cancer
- Kidney failure
- Liver cirrhosis
- Diseases that affect a person’s central nervous system
- Vascular diseases
- Blood diseases
- Prolonged smoking and tobacco use
- Medications and surgery
How Can Be Treated?
There are three main treatments for erectile dysfunction. They include:
Psychological causes of ED can be dealt with through counseling and couples’ therapy. You should approach a psychiatrist who can help you deal with the mental issues.
Erectile dysfunction caused by physical problems can be treated by addressing the problem behind the ED.
For instance, if it is a direct result of high blood pressure, you can solve it by lowering your blood pressure naturally or medically.
There are numerous commercial products in the market today, such as Viagra, that have been developed specifically to help men with erectile dysfunction deal with the problem and have satisfactory sexual intercourse once more.